Prior to coming to Rutgers University, I graduated as a double major in May 2018 with a B.A. in Public Policy and Environmental Science and Policy from William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. I was fortunate enough to take classes in Sustainability and the Chesapeake Bay, Aquatic Ecology, and Coastal Marine Environments. These classes laid the foundation for a strong desire to work in coastal environments and integrate ecological principles into plans for community resilience. I am now a first-year Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) student at the Edward J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental, Human Health and Land Use Planning. Through the C2R2 program, I seek to expand my skills in science communication and community engagement, and work with the scientists in my cohort to learn how to translate their findings into science-informed land use and coastal management policies.